Last night was a good night. It started with a Chinese meal, but not just any Chinese meal. Probably for the first time in my life I ate this particular Asian cuisine in an upmarket restaurant.
No basic Mongolian Lamb or Fried Rice. My partner and I dined on exquisite Vegetable Dumplings before our heavenly Crispy Duck and Roasted Pork Belly dishes were served.
This made us ponder on how we often overlook upmarket Chinese restaurants. We’ll seek out chic Fusion eateries, and explore the divine palate that Indian or Thai cooking can bring when we want to spend a little more on a night out – but Chinese, nah! Even on several trips to Asia where Chinese restaurants seem to only be for those with a bit of extra cash to spend, we’ve passed up on the option.
I also have to give a nod to the Pinot Gris we ordered – an amazing drop from Geelong, Victoria, with the label name of ‘Six Foot Six’, but I digress from my story.
The second part of our evening was equally delightful as we sat in the State Theatre to enjoy ‘Sing The Truth’, a concert featuring Angelique Kidjo, Dianne Reeves and Lizz Wright. Lizz Wright’s voice is richer live than on her albums. Angelique had the vitality and energy she is known for. Dianne’s voice was as magic as ever, especially when she sang a song in dedication to her late mother.
Before she lulled us with the first note, she shared some of her mum’s wisdom. Dianne told us that at the end of every phone conversation her mother would say ‘Be good to yourself, because when you’re good to yourself, you will be good to others’. Sit and think about that before you read my next paragraph.
The other insight Ms Reeves shared about her late parent was this saying – ‘I don’t entertain illness, boredom or depression. It doesn’t mean that I don’t get them. I just do not entertain them.’
So take your partner on a date and celebrate what you have, and make sure whatever you do has a touch of class.
Blog by Kevin Klehr, author of the Drama Queens novels. READ THE REVIEWS